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Mindfulness For First Responders | Pandemic Reading Recommendations

Elle Moxley
Mindfulness training can help first responders like firefighters deal more calmly with high stress situations.

Teaching mindfulness to police, firefighters and EMTs could help decision making and librarians give their book recommendations as we face a coronavirus winter.

Segment 1: Why first responders are learning how to be in the moment.

Learning to process feelings and thoughts while in high-stress situations can lead to more considered decisions and different outcomes. How mindfulness is being presented to and received by public safety departments and individuals.

  • Erik Hulse, mindfulness and meditation teacher and retired police officer
  • Angela Caruso-Yahne, mindfulness and meditation teacher and paramedic training officer

Segment 2, beginning at 29:00: Creating a reading list fit for a pandemic.

Librarians and Up To Date Listeners shared what they've been reading and their book recommendations as the winter approaches.

Kaite Stover's Picks:

  1. Gentleman in Moscow,” by Amor Towles
  2. "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie
  3. Ten Dead Comedians,” by Fred Van Lente
  4. The Guest List,” by Lisa Foley

Naphtali Faris's picks:

  1. "An Embarrassment of Witches” by Sophie Goldstein and Jenn Jordan
  2. Glass Town: The Imaginary World of the Brontes” by Isabel Greenberg
  3. The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures” by Noelle Stevenson
  4. Superman Smashes the Klan” by Gene Luen Yang and art by Gurihiru and Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
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